Most balustrades are installed outside a building and manufactured using powder-coated or anodised aluminium and toughened glass, for a strong and attractive finish. Aluminium and glass balustrades are low maintenance, (compared to other materials such as wood), but still require some general cleaning to preserve their good looks, as detailed below.
To comply with warranty requirements and to extend the effective life of powder-coated or anodised finishes, very simple maintenance and regular visual inspections must be scheduled and undertaken.
In general, powder-coated or anodised aluminium should be cleaned every three months in urban areas and every six months in rural areas. In industrial and marine environments (within 1km of the sea), cleaning should be six monthly with a warm water detergent wash, as well as monthly cold water washing.
1 Carefully remove any loose deposits with a wet sponge.
2 Washdown using a soft brush (non-abrasive) and a mild household detergent solution to
remove dust, salt, dirt and other deposits.
3 Anodised finishes with greasy deposits or hard to remove grime, should be cleaned with a
soft cloth dipped in white spirit, turpentine or kerosene, then wiped with a dry rag.
4 Rinse off with lots of clean fresh water
DO remove obvious deposits as they occur.
DO NOT use abrasive-steel wool, scrapers, scouring liquids or powders to remove paint splashes - these will damage your anodised/powder coating.
DO NOT use aggressive solvents, thinners, petrol etc, on powder coating as these solvents will attack gloss levels and reduce its life expectancy.
DO NOT let any solvents used on anodised finishes come in contact with any rubber components as they can degrade them.
DO NOT expose your anodised/powder coatings to excessive heat, heaters or hot air guns - these may damage the coating.
Compared to other materials (such as wood), glass balustrades are considered to be low maintenance, but some general cleaning is required to preserve their good looks.
Glass maintenance can be part of the overall maintenance programme for your balustrade.
Cleaning your glass balustrade panels is similar to the cleaning of most household glass.
1 Wash down with clean water to loosen any residues, deposits or dirt.
2 If needed, wipe with a mild detergent and a soft cloth.
3 Rinse off with lots of clean water, to ensure that all detergents and grime are rinsed off.
4 For a streak free finish, you can dry the glass with a soft cloth.
DO make sure the glass is cool to touch when cleaning; do not clean while in the direct sunlight.
DO not leave any cleaning solution on the glass, sealants for long periods.
DO NOT use abrasive cleaning solutions or materials.